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No Spend Challenege ~ Week 2 Update

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At the end of Week 2, I have $50 left for groceries which means I’ve spent $77 so far this month on food. Here’s part of what I bought this week:


My purchases this week include:

  • $6 for 3 dozen farm fresh eggs
  • .87 cents for a box of baking soda (found out in the middle of making chocolate chip cookies that my baking soda had been used for a science experiment)
  • $7 at Hyvee for 2 bags of Sun Chips and a bag of organic celery hearts (homemade stock is in my future this week)
  • $1.99 for whipping cream {can’t have homemade pumpkin pie without whipped cream – even in the middle of an eat from the pantry challenge!}
  • $24.32 at Aldi – my fav purchase at Aldi: 16 pounds of oranges for $3.96!

All told I spent $40.18 on groceries this week.

Other challenges for the week:

My van broke down and had to be repaired – something about an A/c relay draning my battery, a loose battery connection, and {by the way, when you try to jump start your vehicles, make sure you connect the jumper cables correctly. Otherwise, you end up with sparks coming out of the batteries and a fried electrical circuit…ahem…}

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankMichele says

    $40 for a week isn’t bad though! Will you be able to make it through the month on the rest? 🙂
    I spent way too much on groceries yesterday. It is likely our last major shopping trip till march except for fresh produce/toiletries. But I also cleaned and purged the pantry, and then I cataloged everything in there so now I have a reference for what I have. I plan to make recipes that use only whats in my pantry now, till we’ve used up all the older stuff and hopefully emptied it out more. I still need to catalog what’s in the freezer.

      • blankMichele says

        well I will shop, just not MAJOR shop, and spend as much as I spent on friday. 🙂 I spent way too much…

        But that was based on the thought that I might not be working enough hours to make ends meet at my part time job… I was told a couple months ago that my hours in jan and feb would be cut down to 8-10 hrs per week… but that hasn’t happened. In fact, I’m working more hours next week than I have since I got hired. So maybe we’re not going to be as bad off as I thought.

  2. blankAmy says

    Great progress. Bummer on the van break down. At least you had a “fund” for that, though. I love reading everyone’s progress on the No Spend Challenge. It’s motivating!!

  3. blankCara Ivey says

    My van goes in for repair tomorrow morning. We have some kind of misfiring happening in the engine and we desperatly need a new fuel filter/pump. I truly HATE having my van in the shop.
    I’ve been using skim milk in my coffee for years! I can’t drink it any other way now. Half and Half (which I used to use) now taste way too rich. It makes me feel sick to drink it now.

  4. blankEmily @ Random Recycling says

    I’m jealous of your oranges, and especially the price!! I need to clear through some shelves, you’ve given me some extra motivation to do it.

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